Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee

RATINGS: 987   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from our friends next door each year. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years.

- First bottle release seen in Spring 2010 as "Bourbon County Coffee Stout".
- Also available previous years at the brewpub as "Black Cat Bourbon County Stout"

2010 Bottling: Intelligentsia Black Cat
2010 Draft: Intelligentsia Bosque Lya
2011 Draft: Intelligentsia Honey Badger
2011 Draft: Intelligentsia Edelweiss
2011 Bottling: Intelligentsia Anjilanaka
2012 Bottling: Intelligentsia La Tortuga
2013 Draft: Intelligentsia El Diablo
2013 Draft: Kangocho Kenyan Coffee
2013 Draft: Fazenda Brazilian Coffee
2013 Bottling: Intelligentsia Los Inmortales
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua
2017 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat

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Rubin77 (7100) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2019 1 American Pint (cca 500ml) bottle (12,9%) as 2017 Release bottled 25/07/2017 from trade with Werckmeister, huge thanks man. F: not real, very thin, tanned, quick gone. C: black, opaque. A: coffee liqueur, thick chocolate, woody, bit vanilla, umami, bit mocha, dried dark fruits, bit spicy, herbal, complex. T: coffee, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, bit umami, light spicy, warming very gentle alcohol yet nice hidden, bit peppery, herbal, dark dried cherries, brownies, light oily mouthfeel, full complex body, low yet detectable carbonation, very lovely, fully enjoyed.

Samuel214 (4144) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2019 Flaska från trade. Vintage 2013. Svart med liten khakifärgad krona. Ganska distinkt kaffeton i doften som drar lite väl åt grön paprika kanske. Stor kropp med tydlig fatkaraktär. I smaken inte alls samma trista kaffeton utan snarare fyllig som av mocca och espresso tillsammans med bourbon, tjärpastill, saltlakrits, läder och lakritsrot. Förstår dum idé att spara en kaffeöl såhär länge, men kul att ha testat och kaffet var förvånansvärt i framkant fortfarande.

jinroh (4531) - ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2019 Bottle @ Seavans tasting, thanks Jon! Dark brown with some reddish hue. Dry dark coffee nose, lightly tart, chocolate. Tastes sweet, lightly spicy, melted caramel chocolate, coffee, salt umami and pretty amazing light bitterness there as well. Palate is dry, light bourbon, coffee, super well balanced. Dry and only just a bit boozy and not that sweet. Awesome.

TimE (8459) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2019 Pitch black color. No head. Coffee and nice charred oak nose. The palate is fantastic, amazing bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, the charred oak is fantastic. Off sweet. Super well balanced. No booze. Amazing

mrjaxson (918) - .08 Junction, WI, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2019 2013 vintage. For the record, the 12-oz bottle's label says 'Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years' and I would say there's not much value in letting it go longer. Hardly any carbonation left in the bottle and just the most minor of head could be coaxed from the pour. The aromas are booze -- from a distance of a few feet and very distinctive -- followed by vanilla and chocolate. Nearly all indications of the coffee are gone (none in the aroma and no bitterness in the finish, either) and one is left with a super smooth and sweet beer that is very delicious but has none of the complexity of a younger coffee stout. This is the version that included Intelligentsia Los Inmortales, was bottled 15NOV13 and was consumed just shy of 62 months later. I've got a few more from this era that I'll have to drink up soon -- maybe if the Bears win the Super Bowl?

Saeglopur (3713) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 4, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2019 Taster, many thanks to Werckmeister and Sander! Black body, with a small, creamy, coffee-colored head. Beautiful, smooth aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, bourbon, caramel fudge, sweet spices, liquorice. Beautiful taste, with similar aromas, while with a great chocolate creaminess, some booze. Full, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation. Finishes warm, creamy, a bit wooden, with dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, toffee, bourbon. Delicious! Creamy and very well balanced, with a beautiful mix of the coffee, smooth dark chocolate and the bourbon barrel. A bit boozy, but not too overpowering. My favourite BCBS variant so far, very enjoyable, warming sipper. Score: 9 / 4 / 9 / 4 / 17

Werckmeister (6298) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 30, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2018 0,5l bottle at home shared by Sander, big thanks. Vintage 2017. black color, small coffee colored head. smells coffee, some bourbon, cinnamon, earthy, vanilla, light sweetness. very nice smell. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of coffee, earthy, spices, cinnamon, molasses, light sherry, bourbon, vanilla. finishes light to medium sweet with notes of cinnamon, bourbon and vanilla. pretty good one, bit boozy, overall sweet coffee flavours, not bad but a bit heavy.

moldovan9807 (1100) - Oradea, ROMANIA - DEC 14, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2018 2016 vintage. Aroma of very faint cofee, toasted malt notes . Taste of bourbon, faint cofee,raisins(dark fruits),toffee, caramel, roasty malt,bitter aftertaste.

ciocanelu (4480) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 9, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2018 2016 vintage. Dark brown color with no head. Aroma has deep toasted malt notes and raisins. Taste has bourbon, toffee, caramel, butterscotch and roasty bitterness on the finish. Medium body with medium minus carbonation. Coffee is almost gone but overall it's a really tasty RIS.

drjay44 (4629) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2018 500 ml. bottle. Bottled 25JUL17. Pours a medium, poorly retained brown head with no lacing, over a bubbly, clear dark brown (SRM 35) body......nose is roasted malts with cocoa, chocolate tones, mild coffee, whiskey, vanilla, oak nutty tones.....taste is mild sweet, roasted malts with cocoa, chocolate tones, vanilla, whiskey, mild oak,coffee, nuttiness, slight hop bitterness at finish......mouth feel, medium sticky body, alcohol warmth, high carbonation. The coffee, is controlled by the roasted malts, and barrel with vanilla, oak, and whiskey, which create a lovely complex beer that is remarkably soft. BJCP 9/3/15/4/7.

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